Born in the UK, Mona is a dual licensed lawyer. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 1993, and was admitted to the New York Bar and the United States Federal Bar in 1997.
Mona was formerly a Crown Prosecutor with the British Crown Prosecution Service, before moving to New York where she established MSA Global in New York City in 1997.
Highly proficient and recognized as an industry leader in EB-5 law, Mona has many accolades and awards: she was voted Top 25 EB-5 attorneys by EB-5 Investors Magazine three years in a row; recognized as a Top Lawyer by Who’s Who, International and as a ‘Top Attorney of North America’. She has been honored for her work by various groups and non-for profit organizations, including the Shanti Foundation.
Mona is a part-time Adjunct Professor at the Business School of Baruch College, City of New York University, where she teaches EB-5 law. Mona is also an active member of the Leadership and Public Policy Committees for IIUSA (the major Trade Association for EB-5)
Mona has authored numerous articles and blog pieces, she is also a Lexis-Nexis Practice Advisory Editor. Mona is the author of a published book for investors on the EB-5 laws and procedures. Mona has been interviewed by mainstream television, including Al Jazeera and Fox Business news and has been quoted by major newspapers and publications including the New York Times, the Real Deal and many others. Mona has been featured on the cover of foreign magazines, including Biz-Life.
Mona is the co-editor of the BLS publication: Trade & Investment, the EB-5 Gateway. Mona currently hosts a podcast series called EB-5 Investment Voice. This is the only Podcast series that focuses on foreign direct investment and the United States immigrant investor visa.
Mona’s extensive knowledge of all facets of U.S. immigration law and her practical expertise ranges from specialist business petitions to complicated, multi-issue deportation and removal litigation. Her firm, Mona Shah and Associates, Global (MSA Global) represents individual, high profile and corporate clients from all over the world. Mona and MSA Global have raised millions of dollars for projects in the United States.
Mona’s substantial legal experience includes her representation of clients in both state and federal courts on the trial and appellate levels. She has litigated in over 9 states and the District of Columbia, and handled complex immigration law appeals before the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Eleventh circuits. Mona has wide-ranging litigation experience, including Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as well as trial-court experience on both the trial and appellate levels, in both State and Federal courts. Mona is also proficient in UK Immigration law. MSA Global have affiliated offices in China, Dubai and Kazakhstan.